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In this segment, Dr. Mistry and Donna Lee answer a listener's question: "Dr. Mistry, I was on testosterone treatment some years ago and got dizzy spells and other side effects like emotional issues. It was a topical treatment. What are other options that have less side effects and will not put me at risk for not producing any testosterone?" Dr. Mistry breaks down this question into 3 elements: First, what are some side effects that you can expect with testosterone therapy and is this particular caller's or listener's side effects likely related? Second, what are options for testosterone therapy other than topical? And third, how do you treat testosterone if you don't want to stop your own natural production?
While dizziness can be a side effect of some medications like tamsulosin, which is used for treating BPH, it isn't typically a side effect of testosterone therapy. When it comes to the many options for taking testosterone, there are different methods for different needs:
testosterone injections and long acting injections, testosterone pellets, sublingual testosterone, subcutaneous testosterone, oral testosterone, and even nasal testosterone. NAU Urology Specialists' holistic approach to men's health helps our providers to match patients with their ideal testosterone treatment options.
Finally, Dr. Mistry addresses the fact that taking testosterone often causes a man's natural testosterone production to reduce. This tends not to matter if you're already not making enough, but some patients prefer to go the "natural" route, which means using the body's own machinery to increase testosterone production. Medicines like clomiphene, arimidex, and HCG will just use your body's chemistry and send more signals to your testicles to increase your testosterone levels. The downside is that these medications only work if you already have that extra capacity to make more testosterone naturally.
Whether you've had a bad experience with testosterone therapy in the past or are looking for a more natural way to boost your production, Dr. Mistry and the providers at NAU Urology Specialists will help you find the best treatment options for your own personal needs.
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Dr. Mistry is a board-certified urologist and has been treating patients in the Austin and Greater Williamson County area since he started his private practice in 2007.
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